Deployed Amphib USS John P. Murtha Back in San Diego to Fix ‘Maintenance Issue’

November 15, 2022 1:15 PM
USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) coming into San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2022. Photo via San Diego Web Cam used with permission

Amphibious warship USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) is back in San Diego to fix an unspecified maintenance issue after departing on deployment last week, USNI News has learned.

Ship spotters saw the 25,000-ton warship entering San Diego harbor on Tuesday. Murtha left San Diego on Nov. 9 for its deployment as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.

A spokesperson for Expeditionary Strike Group 3 told USNI News the warship was back in port to “evaluate a maintenance issue.” The spokesperson did not have additional details on the mechanical issue.

Murtha, along with USS Makin Island (LHD-8) and USS Anchorage (LPD-23), left San Diego last week with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked for a Pacific deployment.

The ARG/MEU includes the aviation combat element with the “Flying Leathernecks” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 flying F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and the “Ugly Angels” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362 (Reinforced) flying MV-22B Ospreys; the logistics combat element made up of Combat Logistics Battalion 13; and the ground combat element with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines.

In addition to preparing for the Makin Island ARG deployment, Murtha has been a key platform in testing the recovery of NASA’s Orion spacecraft along with Anchorage.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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